🇺🇸🐬 Miami Open, SF #1 Prediction
🇦🇺 (12) Ashleigh Barty vs. 🇪🇪 (21) Anett Kontaveit
A fascinating semi-final match-up at the 2019 Miami Open sees Ashleigh Barty take on Anett Kontaveit with both playing to reach their very first premier mandatory level final, the biggest final of their respective careers. Barty and Kontaveit have both consistently improved over the last few years, both have been pushing towards this moments for a while, which of the two will step it up and take this big opportunity?
It is Barty who enters this clash as a fairly strong favourite, mainly due to her superior results in recent times. However, I’m going to side with Kontaveit. I think Kontaveit has the game to beat Barty, it is all about execution.
Kontaveit has the superior firepower from the baseline and is better athlete. Barty will rely on her versatility and strong serve to disrupt Kontaveit. The Estonian faced a somewhat similar challenge against Hsieh in the previous round, in terms of facing a tricky opponent with a lot of variety. Clearly Barty is far stronger than Hsieh but Kontaveit will need to be similarly disciplined in this match-up, if Kontaveit is disciplined she has great chance.. I think Kontaveit has the perfect mix of power, defense and touch to beat Barty if the Estonian is on her game, which she should be. Kontaveit also has a great record against highly ranked opposition and seems to play her best tennis in these types of matches, whilst the pressure is mainly on Barty, a burden for the Aussie.